Cast your net wide this spring in the hunt for new interiors and decorating ideas. With winter finally over it’s the season for fairs, exhibitions and open houses where you can see the very best of leading-edge design for the home. If you are passionate about interiors then you’ll know that inspiration can strike anywhere, and that a day spent looking at a historic house or touring a design show can give you enough ideas to last the whole year through. That’s why we’ve picked a round-up of the best places to visit this spring to be up on the latest looks and ideas.
Grand Designs Live (30 April – 8 May)
Focused on people creating their own ‘grand project’ – of any size – this spin-off show from the famous TV series is a great place to learn about green materials, effective planning and what’s new in the world of home building. Enjoy talks from TV design experts including Wayne Hemingway, George Clarke, Sophie Robinson and of course Kevin himself in the Grand Theatre. And if it all gets too much you can stop off in The River Cottage Canteen for some wholesome refreshment.
Clerkenwell Design Week (24 – 26 May)
A more manageable size is Clerkenwell Design Week, a well established fixture on the UK design calendar which has been going for seven years and grows a little larger each year! Focused around central-east London you’ll find the furniture studios and architects that fill this area opening their doors to show their latest collections, while events like the British Collection focus on new design talent. The streets of Clerkenwell, especially around historic St John’s, are also filled with pop-up installations and there is also a programme of talks. Register in advance for free entry.
Ten Ideas for the New Mayor of London (19 April)
Something a little more cerebral is happening at The Barbican. At this event ten speakers, including Oliver Wainwright of The Guardian, artist Bob and Roberta Smith and a number of leading architects and developers will be giving short talks about design and housing initiatives they’d like to see the next London Mayor adopt. The event is part of the larger Designing For A Living City Exhibition that is being hosted until October 2016, which looks at the history of designing homes for city living, including historic images of the Barbican flats themselves.
A Spring Clean at the Geffrye Museum (12 May)
This delightful London museum focuses exclusively on the home, with a permentant exhibition of eleven historically authentic rooms for you to wander through. As part of a bigger exhibition on until September about the lives of London servants, the museum is holding an event about the good old tradition of the Spring Clean, looking at what cleaning staff would once have been expected to do, but also giving you the opportunity to pick up some tips and try out recipes for natural cleaning products which your granny would probably recognise.
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